Should You Buy 15,000 Wyndham Rewards Points For $175?

Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week program intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.

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I’ve shared my initial thoughts on the packages for sale, including the offers for weeks one and two, and also the offers for weeks three through five. Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.

Today at 1PM ET you’ll have the opportunity to purchase 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $175.

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There are a total of 1,143 packages for sale, and you can buy up to two packages per Wyndham Rewards account. While the promotion is marketed as offering a free night at a Wyndham Rewards hotel, in reality you can redeem those points however you’d like. They just describe it that way to show one way you could use your points.

Wyndham Rewards has a unique loyalty program, as they charge the same number of points for redemptions at all of their properties. This was a change that they made in 2015, and that certainly makes aspirational redemptions more lucrative.

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Of course the slight problem here is that most Wyndham Rewards properties aren’t especially aspirational. So spending $175 to buy 15,000 points, and then redeeming them at a Howard Johnson that costs ~$70, probably isn’t an especially good deal.

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Admittedly this is an extreme example, but there are also redemptions on the other end of the spectrum. Over New Year’s Eve in New York City there are Wyndham properties for $500+, not including tax (including taxes & fees, that’s $650+), like the Wingate by Wyndham Manhattan Midtown and The New Yorker.

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The Mills House in Charleston, South Carolina, also frequently has high rates, so is another great property to redeem points at.

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I don’t recommend buying points speculatively in hopes of getting such a redemption, since these are the extremes. However, there are a good number of properties that go for $250+ per night, where you can get good value.

Wyndham Rewards also offers a points plus cash redemption option, though it’s more capacity controlled. However, when available, that can be a great use of points as well.

Bottom line

Like most Daily Getaways promotions, there’s potential to get outsized value here with the right redemptions. However, personally I wouldn’t speculatively pick up Wyndham Rewards points for over a penny each. Big picture, there are very few Wyndham properties where you can redeem points and come out ahead having paid $175 for a “free” night.

But I know many will take advantage of this promotion.

Do you plan on buying Wyndham Rewards points through Daily Getaways?

About lucky

Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. Be aware of their expiration policy as well as they have a 4 year shelf life which can’t be extended (besides their usual expiration policy with no activity). I keep getting 15K for the $75 Barclay annual fee (x2 for my wife) and I’m still holding onto a bunch with no specific use in mind. We live near NY but don’t stay in the city much, and everytime I look to use them somewhere we go, even if a good value money wise, it’s usually a budget property that we don’t want to stay at.

  2. what kind of activity would extend the shelf life? will buying wynham points (say 1000 points) extend it?

  3. I will be getting this deal strickly for the Wyndham hotels that are located in Disney Spring and Near Disneyland , those hotels routinely go for 165-300 a night YET they are 3000 points plus 65 dollars during the non peak seasons

  4. As someone stated above “Be aware of their expiration policy as well as they have a 4 year shelf life which can’t be extended”. I have a lot of points and would buy more but the 4 year non extendable shelf life causes me to prefer other chains’s points programs now.

  5. Was almost tempted but notice there are still plenty left 4 hours after going on sale.

    Bottom line there are very few Wyndham top tier hotels and often better alternatives for a good rate closeby. I was going to use 3K points and $150 + $37 parking for the Wyndham Santa Monica Pier but managed to snag Hyatt Huntington Beach for $175 resort and parking included which was a much better deal. I think a lot of Wyndham locations have bargain alternatives.

    Plus the Wyndham credit card often gives 45K for the $70 annual fee.

  6. I live in Australia and I regret ever hearing the name Wyndham.
    I think it is a big con and can always do better if we look around and my wife is an expert at this.

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